Your Shopping List: Acne & Blemishes

As promised, this is the first ‘Your Shopping List’. I’ll bring you the best of the market, aimed at your budget, to help target, fight and treat your skin concerns. This week it’s acne. When I refer to acne as a skin concern, I cannot publicly recommend any treatments that interfere with any prescribed medication. If in doubt, always ask your dermatologist, general practitioner or pharmacists.

Acne is the concern of multiple blemishes on the skin. The name comes from the spot causing bacteria, p.Acne. These blemishes can be painful and unsightly but with the right treatment, they can often be massively improved at home.

PRESTIGE £54 – £225

1. Sisley Cleansing Milk with Sage
For sensitive, acne concerned skin, the use of a non-astringent, foamless and surfactant free cleanser is recommended. This soothing cream cleanser is designed for oily/combination skin types. It’ll leave skin calm, comforted and hydrated.

2. Crème de la Mer The Oil Absorbing Tonic
Secretes a powder on the skin to eat excess oil throughout the day; this gentle liquid removes excess cleanser, balances the acidity of the skin and effectively prepares it to absorb treatments and moisturisers.

3. Crème de la Mer The Concentrate
One of the most potent skin-regenerating serums on the market. Dr. Max Huber created the main ingredient to heal his facial scars caused by a lab experiment. For acne and blemishes, it’ll repair the skin, comfort sensitivity and neutralise redness.

4. Laura Mercier Repair Oil-Free Day Lotion SPF 15
Even the oiliest, acne prone skin needs a moisturiser, not to add oil, but to deliver hydration. By balancing the skin’s moisture barrier with effective and gentle ingredients, skin will feel more comfortable. SPF15 help prevent the exacerbation of acne scars.

PREMIUM £14.50 – £22

1. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam
It’s a softening and gentle facial wash that foams not from its ingredients, but through the magic of the bottle. With acnecides and gentle cleansers, it removes excess dirt and oil whilst loosening dead skin cells.

2. AVEDA Outer Peace™ Blemish Relief Pads
These pads are loaded with fabulously gentle chemical exfoliants that remove pore-blocking, dead skin cells. Take one pad and wipe over freshly cleansed skin, never rubbing or going over the same area twice.

3. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Moisturizer
This is my favourite moisturiser for acne concerns, I’ve used it on and off for years. It’s very hydrating and cooling whilst delivering bacteria-killing benefits and helping to unblock pores.

4. Origins Super Spot Remover™ Blemish Treatment Gel
To treat those really nasty spots, dabbing a little of this clear gel will almost immediately reduce redness and kills bacteria inside the spot. I’ve used this for years and I panic if I leave home without it.

BUDGET £2 – £8

1. The Body Shop Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser
A cream-cleanser that will remove impurities, excess oil and surface bacteria. It’s exceedingly gentle and balances surface oil but the fact you don’t need water means that it’s suitable for sensitive skin.

2. Kiko Purifying Pads
Very similar to the Aveda pads but with less natural ingredients; even still, they gently remove dead skin cells, leave skin cool and prepare it for moisturisers and treatment products.

3. The Body Shop Seaweed Day Cream
With oil-balancing, Irish seaweeed – this oil-free, gel moisturiser leaves skin cool, calm and the moisture barrier restored.

4. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
A great little product that whatever your budget, everyone should own. It’s blended to 10% concentration so can be applied directly to the skin. To kill spots, apply onto a blemish or mix a little into the palm of your hand with your moisturiser.

Posted at 22:17 June 30, 2013

Love this post Thom! I’m a big fan of The Body Shop Tea tree oil range.

Posted at 19:07 June 29, 2013
Andrew James

I absolutely love the seaweed cleanser it really does calm the skin and cleanses really well

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